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Title: Rigidity and gluing for Morse and Novikov complexes
Authors: Ranicki, Andrew
Cornea, Octav
Issue Date: 12-May-2003
Publisher: Final version, accepted for publication by the Journal of the European Mathematical Society
Abstract: We obtain rigidity and gluing results for the Morse complex of a real-valued Morse function as well as for the Novikov complex of a circle-valued Morse function. A rigidity result is also proved for the Floer complex of a hamiltonian defined on a closed symplectic manifold $(M,\omega)$ with $c_{1}|_{\pi_{2}(M)}=[\omega]|_{\pi_{2}(M)}=0$. The rigidity results for these complexes show that the complex of a fixed generic function/hamiltonian is a retract of the Morse (respectively Novikov or Floer) complex of any other sufficiently $C^{0}$ close generic function/hamiltonian. The gluing result is a type of Mayer-Vietoris formula for the Morse complex. It is used to express algebraically the Novikov complex up to isomorphism in terms of the Morse complex of a fundamental domain. Morse cobordisms are used to compare various Morse-type complexes without the need of bifurcation theory.
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